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Wednesday, 26 July 2006

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Nonplussed...

Why oh why are you surprised?
Far from being the "modern democracy" you mentioned in your previous post (loved the 'you are here' map), Latvia, along with the other Baltic States has only a very recent and superficial relationship with being both modern or indeed, a democracy.
What it does have is a history of enthusiasm for, and participation in bigotry and WW2 warcrimes over and above the call of duty compared to other European occupied countries...
Of course the Russkies put a stop to all that but, since that wall came down, they're now free to be the low-life's they've always wanted to be.
Ah the East!
Try being a black student in Russia?
Eastern Europe is truly an open sewer...

Mihai Bucur

Hmm, well not all of Eastern Europe is like that, I must say. I am, however, alarmed at the increasing radicalism in those countries of Eastern Europe that have traditionally been quite inward-looking: Poland, Latvia, Russia. Unfortunately, authoritarianism is really on the rise in these places.

There is, however, another Eastern Europe, which is becoming progressively more prosperous, democratic and tolerant. Countries like Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary, for example, are stable democracies where gay parades take place without fuss. In my country, Romania, things are also going pretty well... the gay pride in Bucharest was heavily and professionally protected by the police, and the government has done quite a lot for gay people. These countries are in many ways the future of Europe. It's a shame that the EU can't stop Poland and Latvia from sliding back into political backwardness. But don't paint all of Eastern Europe with the same brush :)

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